Red Meat Is Unhealthy

Medicine, 1975

The idea predation in nature leads to cancer in humans. Also, capitalism.

As far back as 1975, certain academic journals were attempting to prove consumption of animal products was linked to cancer. In 2015, the International Agemcy for Research on Cancer (IARC) - the cancer dept of the World Health Organisation (WHO) - reviewed 800 studies and classified the consumption of red meat as “Group 2A: probably carcinogenic to humans”, specifically in relation to colon, pancreatic, and prostate cancer incidences. 4 years later researchers from Dalhousie University and McMaster University in Canada published a more detailed meta-analysis in the Annal of Internal Medicine which made it clear the conclusions were, in essence, complete politicised nonsense. Criticism focused on the staggeringly poor scholarship of practices such as tracking meat consumption in a large population without considering any other health factors (e.g. lifestyle), ignoring the lack of evidence in any of the 800 studies, omitting studies of 1.6M people dismissing any connection, and/or triggering cancer in sugar-fed rats without ascertaining any causal link - then simply blaming meat. All of which smack of engineering studies to reach a predetermined conclusion which happens to be touted by a certain group of people.